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Walks & Stations along the Discovery Trail 10am to 2pm

Docent stations, guided walks, and the Mendocino College Coastal Field Station Open House are located along the Discovery Trail, 3.5 miles of coastal trail between City Hall and Lighthouse Road and connected by a free Shuttle Service.

BLM & Friends of Point Arena Stornetta Lands Welcome Tables

Meet Bureau of Land Management staff and representatives of Friends of Point Arena Stornetta Lands at the south and north entrances to the Discovery Trail (City Hall and Bend-in-the-Road).  They will have event information and other items of interest. Become a member of Friends of Point Arena Stornetta Lands and get a free T-shirt!  Bill Standley (BLM’s National Resource Specialist for the California Coastal National Monument) will staff the BLM table at City Hall to talk about wildlife and seabirds, the California Coastal National Monument and the bigger picture of the Monument, and also, USGS’s new sound recording program

Greater Farallones Beach Watch & MPA Watch

Spot coastal wildlife such as nesting coastal seabirds, harbor seals, California and Stellar’s sea lions & whales. Observe survey activities. Docents are staff and volunteers with the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Beach Watch Monitoring Program and Marine Protected Area Watch. For 25 years the coastal monitoring project has engaged local citizens to survey our shores for living and dead wildlife, and human uses.

Test Water Quality with The Stream Team

And learn about the local creeks. Docent biologist Timmarie Hamill is the Director of CA Urban Streams Alliance-The Stream Team, that aims to increase public awareness of non-point source pollution and water quality issues, while engaging people in monthly citizen science water quality monitoring, and Clean Water Science Ambassador programs in schools.

Ghosts of the Past

Join BLM Archeologist Chris Lloyd to learn about the varied history of your public lands and the people that inhabited and utilized them from Pleistocene paleo-Indians to oil speculators and timber barons.  The Point Arena Stornetta Unit is a microcosm of North Americas history which reflects regional and national histories.

Coastal Prairies

Learn about California’s remnant coastal prairies and Stornetta Public Land’s resident ruminants.  Join BLM Natural Resource Specialist, Brenna Hare, as she discusses the importance of these dwindling landscapes and the role grazing plays in maintaining these ecosystems. Take native grass seed home and start your own coastal prairie.

Geology Walk

Learn about sink holes and sea caves on guided hikes starting at the Mendocino College Field Station at noon and 2 pm.  Docent Tom Cochrane is a California Licensed Professional Geologist who has been studying and exploring the Sonoma and Mendocino coast for over 40 years and authored the book, Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast.

Nature Walk

10 to 11:30 am – Jeanne Jackson, author of Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year and California Native Plant Society botanists will lead a walk starting at City Hall at 10am and walk to the Mendocino College Coastal Field Station.

Mendocino College Coastal Field Station

Open House.  Speak with college faculty to learn more about research being conducted at the field station as well as programs and courses at Mendocino College.

Featured guests: California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marine Regions – information about marine protected areas and more staffed by Mary Patyten, Research Writer & Leslie Kashiwada, Scientific Aid.  See map on reverse side for more details.

Food Booth: Hot chocolate, snacks, and Baby Tomato Catering Specialties

Zen House, 170 Main St, Point Arena

Discover the Zen House, Open House from 1:30 – 3:30.  We’ll have live music with Black Sugar Rose from 1:30 -2:30, offer discounts on our Zen Merchandise and provide rare and collectible motorcycles for viewing, including the opportunity to view and learn about the rare Ducati 750 SS.

Discover The Coast

The Ukiah office of the Bureau of Land Managementin association with Point Arena Lighthouse, Friends of  Point Arena-Stornetta Lands, Mendocino College Coastal Field Station and California Native Plant Society will present Discover The Coast on Saturday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  This event is intended to celebrate the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument and educate visitors about the varied features and sights it offers.  Discover The Coast activities will start at multiple locations in and around Point Arena.   

The Lighthouse will feature several interesting activities and food in support of Discover The Coast.  Admission to the Lighthouse Grounds and Museum will be free, with discounted $5 Tower Tours.

Guide Stations at the Fog Signal Building

Scott and Tree Mercer of the Mendonoma Coast Whale Survey and Sara Bogard, Harbor Seal, marine mammal and bird census taker, will be in the Whale Watch room to discuss their work and answer questions about the marine mammals that frequent our coast.

Bird expert Doug Forsell will be set up with spotting scopes outside the Museum to view passing and resident seabirds.

The Marine Mammal Center will display their rescue truck and have four volunteers on hand to discuss their their rescue and rehabilitation operations.

Food Booths

Sandwiches and snacks by Arena Market & Café and Award winning Clam Chowder by Denise Souza will be available for purchase in front of the Fog Signal Building.  

Lighthouse Lecture Series

Join us at 4 p.m. when  B Bryan Preserve Hoof Stock Managers Eunice Contreras & Zane Krakowski will present “I am a Zookeeper” as part of the Lighthouse Lecture Series.

Ever wonder what exactly a zookeeper does at the 110 acre B Bryan Preserve in Point Arena?  Well, come to this lecture and find out!

Zane Krakowski

For this Lecture Series presentation only the admission will be $7.50 per person, but that will include one raffle ticket.  B Bryan Preserve will be offering a raffle prize of a two person B Bryan Preserve tour and goodie tote ($150 value) to benefit the Lighthouse. Additional raffle tickets to improve your chances of winning are $5 each or five for $20.  Drawing will be held at the conclusion of the lecture and you must be present to win. 

Please join us for the celebration of the fantastic, scenic, mysterious, rugged and gorgeous Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument and explore its amazing history, geology, flora and fauna!